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Recall becomes wake-up call for Democrats in CA Legislature
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Oct. 9, 2003 | Mark Martin

Posted on 10/09/2003 7:50:39 PM PDT by FairOpinion

Edited on 04/13/2004 2:44:19 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

Sacramento -- Stunned by the number of voters who stormed the polls to kick Gov. Gray Davis out of office, top legislative Democrats on Wednesday declared an uneasy peace with the new governor, whose campaign centered in part on shaking up the statehouse.

Consider it shaken.


(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; catrans; legislature; recall; schwarzenegger; wakeupcall
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I think they "ain's seen nothing yet"!

And looky look, Arnold may not be as "liberal" as some have thought -- even on social issues!

1 posted on 10/09/2003 7:50:40 PM PDT by FairOpinion
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2 posted on 10/09/2003 7:53:01 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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It's interesting to note the 48 hour Democratic "spin cycle" rhetoric that Arnold's win is a message for "incumbents, George W in particular"
3 posted on 10/09/2003 7:54:13 PM PDT by KansasCanadian (The following comment about the French was removed by the Moderator...)
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To: FairOpinion
Arnold's tolerant on social issues. But he's not as extreme as the Democrats are. He accepts gay rights and domestic partnerships but is dead set against gay marriage. He supports keeping abortion legal but wants partial birth abortion banned and supports a parental notification law. On social issues he's where the electorate is. The Democrats seem to misread Californians' social liberalism as a license to just shove objectionable stuff in their face - like granting illegal aliens drivers' licenses.
4 posted on 10/09/2003 7:56:44 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: FairOpinion
"If he wants to take money away from the aged, blind and disabled; if he wants to take money away from poor women and children, I don't think so.

Sounds like someone just pulled his string.

5 posted on 10/09/2003 7:58:23 PM PDT by freedomlover
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To: freedomlover
No one in California wants to do that - not even us mean ol' conservatives. I think John Burton has had one bender too many.
6 posted on 10/09/2003 8:00:03 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: FairOpinion
Led by Senate President Pro Tem John Burton, D-San Francisco, Democrats said they were willing to work with Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger

Liars. Rats'll never bend. You've got to drive the wooden stake through the party's heart.

7 posted on 10/09/2003 8:00:42 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: freedomlover
Sounds like someone just pulled his string.

You sure it wasn't his finger? That was pure flatulence...

8 posted on 10/09/2003 8:02:35 PM PDT by Poohbah ("[Expletive deleted] 'em if they can't take a joke!" -- Major Vic Deakins, USAF)
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To: FairOpinion
"This was a rout, and only a fool would believe this is only about Gray Davis," said state Sen. Don Perata, D-Oakland. "This was about those in power; it was about Democrats. I think it's time we reassessed our position."

Jeezus H, a California democrat that gets it. Quick, freeze-dry this rare specimen and put him in a museum under glass for all to stare at in wonder and awe.

9 posted on 10/09/2003 8:04:59 PM PDT by randog (Everything works great 'til the current flows.)
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To: FairOpinion
"We better not have any taxpayer settlements paid for as a result of his conduct in office," Speier said.

I understand the Democrats are going to have the following plaque placed over the entrance to the Governor's Mansion: "Abandon all grope, ye who enter here."

10 posted on 10/09/2003 8:06:05 PM PDT by sourcery (Cthulhu for President! Why settle for the lesser evil? [http://www.cthulhu.org/])
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And that's in the liberal area:

...even in his liberal Alameda County district, one of only a handful that did not support the recall, constituents were upset about a higher car tax and perceptions that Democrats were in the pockets of big donors like American Indian tribes.

11 posted on 10/09/2003 8:08:38 PM PDT by GOPJ
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To: goldstategop
Very well-stated. Libertarian and liberal aren't one and the same. The same applies for tolerant and condoning.
12 posted on 10/09/2003 8:09:10 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Well-stated)
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To: FairOpinion
BTTT
13 posted on 10/09/2003 8:09:49 PM PDT by onyx
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"This was a rout, and only a fool would believe this is only about Gray Davis," said state Sen. Don Perata, D-Oakland.”

“…constituents were upset about a higher car tax and perceptions that Democrats were in the pockets of big donors like American Indian tribes.”

14 posted on 10/09/2003 8:09:55 PM PDT by Kay Soze (Democrats’ life philosophy is so flawed they need my money to make their lives work.)
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To: randog
One other positive note is that the national DNC is now going to have to sink a lot of money in CA for the '04 prez race. Bush may not win CA, but the dems can't take a chance. This will siphon money needed elswhere.
15 posted on 10/09/2003 8:10:03 PM PDT by umgud (gov't has more money than it needs, but never as much as it wants)
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To: GOPJ
Liberals like other people to pay higher taxes. Its just that they don't want to be the ones to have to pay them when the bill comes due.
16 posted on 10/09/2003 8:10:32 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: umgud
Think positive -- in a year's time Arnold may well have CA on the road to recovery, and I wouldn't rule out that Bush could carry the state, with Arnold helping him and he will.

"Happy days are here again"
17 posted on 10/09/2003 8:13:43 PM PDT by FairOpinion
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To: umgud
Yes and it screws up shrillarys run in '94.

Its going to be Arnie 7-24....the dems will get page 24 below the fold.

Can you imagine the excitement over the Arnie-Bush '04 CA road tour....I guess they will use a squadron of A-10's borrowed from the CA National Guard....or a hundred Harly hogs

18 posted on 10/09/2003 8:17:20 PM PDT by spokeshave (Cancel the San Jose Merc and the one way truck to Nevada)
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To: FairOpinion
I know the Cali legislature is dominated by democrats, but the county by county map (in 2000 as well as 2003) shows strong conservative pockets.

Who knows Cali well? Can the republicans build a machine to take some seats in the Cali legislature that are being kept warm by dems in 'Bushcounties?'

Is that time upon us?
19 posted on 10/09/2003 8:21:46 PM PDT by HitmanLV (I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered. My life is my own.)
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This will siphon money needed elswhere.

There's a lot of hole-plugging happening on the SS DNC. It's way too early to say, but with the R's out-fundraising the D's by record amounts it may make for a very......'interesting' '04 election.

20 posted on 10/09/2003 8:24:40 PM PDT by randog (Everything works great 'til the current flows.)
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